Over the past 11 seasons, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has been an important part to one of the league’s best defenses. This week, Reed made it clear to everyone that retirement won’t be a part of his near future by stating “I’ll be playing next year.” Now we definitely know that he’ll be playing next season, but where?
After Super Bowl XLVII, Reed will be an unrestricted free agent, and the likelihood that the Ravens bring him back is slim. I’m sure Baltimore would love to keep the ball-hawking safety, but the fact that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is in the last year of his contract as well makes me think that they’ll give their franchise quarterback a sweet deal before they give one to an aging veteran.
I’m sure that there are some teams that would love to have the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick takes a stab at trying to woo Reed to Foxboro, MA.
During the Belichick era, the Patriots have been known for signing savvy veterans and still getting the best out of them in the latter part of their careers (Corey Dillon, Junior Seau, and Randy Moss are a few examples).
It would be kind of ironic for Reed to be on the same team as quarterback Tom Brady, especially after the kick-slide that Brady put on Reed in the AFC Championship. Who knows, maybe Brady’s apology to Reed wasn’t just to show no hard feelings. Brady’s act of making amends could have possibly been done so that this incident wouldn’t rear its ugly head in the event that New England does pursue Reed this offseason.
I don’t know the chances of Reed joining the Patriots for the 2013 season, but I do feel that they are greater than the chance of seeing him back in Baltimore.
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